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What's up with DuraAce?(14 posts)

What's up with DuraAce?Applejuice
Feb 20, 2003 12:09 AM
Is DuraAce due for a major revamp?

I'm wondering because it hasn't changed much in at least a couple years. Moreover, XTR just came out with a MAJOR overall. Performance Bike has lowered their DA components products almost across the board - which always make me suspicious.

Is something in the pipe?
re: What's up with DuraAce?y2kcipher
Feb 20, 2003 12:20 AM
I think they're just going to keep it 9 speed because if they went 10, they'd be copying C-Record, and if they went with Carbon levers, cranks and derailleurs; again, they'll be copying Record. So why don't you just go with C-Record?
re: What's up with DuraAce?FORT-driver
Feb 20, 2003 3:38 AM
in 2004,
rumours are about 10 speed and new xtr type crank set with the bearings outside of the bottom bracket in the crank arms.
re: What's up with DuraAce?cyclopathic
Feb 20, 2003 4:58 AM
I was honestly surprised how smooth new XTR cranks are comparing to old ones. If DA as good it's definitely worth waiting.
re: What's up with DuraAce?ParticleMan
Feb 20, 2003 9:08 PM
Hi All

I just got the inside information from someone who just got back from a trip to Japan with Shimano riders and mechanics.

New Dura Ace group is ready - in production already, and to be distributed this year..not sure exact release dates.

New 10 speed gearing

New cranks - like XTR [as FORT-driver described]

Less weight overall, Titanium parts

New 'Crab Claw' style STI levers

Price: not sure about that, Shimano is working on it for now, as there is still lots of stock of Duras Ace 9 speed.

Shimano Dura Ace seatpost

New DURA ACE WHEELS - Lightweight, no more spokes on rims, and look similar to Thorius Wheels.

Ok, hope this helps!!
Cheers all
any carbon? nmDougSloan
Feb 21, 2003 7:25 AM
re: What's up with DuraAce?macalu
Feb 20, 2003 4:36 AM
According to the pros will be running DuraAce 10 speed this season, but it will not be available to the general public (you and me) till later this year.
re: What's up with DuraAce?spuncrazy
Feb 20, 2003 6:11 AM
The shift levers will be reach adjustable like the R-600 levers.
Feb 20, 2003 8:15 AM
How's this for some speculation ~ I read somewhere recently that there is a possibilty of an 11 speed!
Feb 20, 2003 9:34 AM
I heard a credible rumour that the 10 speed set-up that Postal will run this year is an adaptation of the 11 speed group to be debuted at Interbike. Word has it that there's a funky chain design to accomodate closer together cogs.
re: funky chain designStraightblock
Feb 20, 2003 10:09 AM
A while back someone posted a picture supposedly of Shimano's patent on a chain with bizarre arched links for 11-14 cog drivetrains. Anyone have the pic?
It's findable on uspto.govTJeanloz
Feb 20, 2003 11:52 AM
A variant of that chain design is rumored to be going on the new D-A, instead of arched links, it supposedly has some kind of alternating hi-low link system.
Found itStraightblock
Feb 20, 2003 1:16 PM
Here's the discussion:

gregdogg62 "2004 Dura Ace Group predictions?" 6/20/02 6:36pm

And the picture.
This just in:Applejuice
Feb 20, 2003 5:03 PM

HOT! Let the speculation begin! We're finally allowed to let you know the first official word from Shimano on their next generation road group.
Dura Ace®, will be completely renewed. The new 10-speed system has been developed under the concept of Speed, Smooth and Strength and this will be reflected in the product with its super-light weight, high durability and high efficiency. There will be no need to modify frame dimensions to accommodate New Dura Ace®.

Interesting stuff that only answers one question, the number of speeds... we'll keep you informed as best we can!